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Van Jones

Facts About Van Jones

Celebrated NameVan Jones
Age54 Years Old
Nick NameVan
Birth NameAnthony Kapel Jones
Birth Date1968-09-20
Profession News commentator
Birth NationUnited States
Place Of BirthJackson, Tennessee
Best Known ForCo-host of CNN's political debate show, "Crossfire"
FatherWillie Anthony Jones
MotherLoretta Jean
SistersAngela Jones
High SchoolJackson Central-Merry High School
College / UniversityUniversity of Tennessee
EducationB.S. in communication and political science
UniversityYale Law School
Educational QualificationJ.D. degree
Marital StatusMarried and Divorced
SpouseJena Carter(2005-2018)
SonCabral Jones and Mattai Jones
Net Worth$1.5 million
Salary$57 thousand
Sexual OrientationStraight
Body TypeAverage
Height6ft. 1inch.(1.85 m)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown

Van Jones is an American news commentator, author, and non-practicing attorney who has also served as President Barack Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs. Jones is also a co-host of CNN's political debate show, "Crossfire". Jones even has received the NAACP President's Award and also was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

What is Van Jones Famous for?

  • Famous as co-host of CNN's political debate show, "Crossfire".

Van Jones Career


When and Where was Van Jones Born?

Van Jones was born on September 20, 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States. He was born as Anthony Kapel Jones. His nationality is American. Jones belongs to African-American ethnicity while Virgo is his zodiac sign. 

Van Jones was born to a well-educated family as her father, Willie Anthony Jones, was a principal at a middle school and his mother, Loretta Jean, was a high school teacher. Jones was raised in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church along with his twin sister, Angela Jones where his grandfather was a leader. Jones was bookish and bizarre as a child.

Jones graduated from Jackson Central-Merry High School in 1986. He later got graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) with a B.S. in communication and political science. In 1992, he joined Yale Law School and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1993. 

Previously, Jones also had worked as an intern at the Jackson Sun, the Shreveport Times, and the Associated Press. Jones was even affiliated with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in 1992 and in 1996, Jones founded a new umbrella NGO, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Van Jones Author


Van Jones Career Highlights

  • Van Jones served as executive director for several advocacy projects.
  • He was honored with the "Reebok International Human Rights Award" in 1998. 
  • Jones published his first book titled "The Green Collar Economy" in 2008.
  • Jones received the "Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship" and World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader in 2008.
  • Jones was appointed as Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in March 2009.
  • In 2010, Jones became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  • Jones launched an advocacy project called "Rebuild The Dream" in 2011.
  • Jones published his second book, titled "Rebuild the Dream" which debuted at no. 16 on the New York Times Best Seller list in April 2012.
  • Jones was appointed as a co-host of a re-boot of the CNN political debate show, "Crossfire" in 2013.
  • He was also an Administrator advisor of former President Barack Obama.
  • In 2015, Jones also had received "NAACP President’s Award", "Rainbow Push Coalition’s Vanguard Award" and "David E. Glover Vanguard Award".
  • Jones launched CNN's news documentary series, "The Messy Truth," in 2016.
  • In 2017, Jones launched studio discussion series, "The Messy Truth with Van Jones", aired on CNN.
  • In 2018, Jones launched "The Van Jones Show" on CNN, with Jay-Z as his first guest.
  • Jones is also the President of "The Dream Corps" which owns and operates several advocacy projects.
  • Jones also had founded "Advocates for Opioid Recovery" along with the former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, and former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy.
  • Jones also has received Time Magazine’s "Environmental hero" and "Elle Magazine Green Awards".
  • Currently, Jones serves on the board of trustees at Demos.

Van Jones Wife


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Who is Van Jones Married To?

The former CNN anchor, Van Jones was married to social activist, Jana Carter. Carter was the director of the Search for Common Ground's USA Racial Healing Program. Jones and Carter had tied a knot in 2005 however, after living for 13 years together the couple reached a decision to get divorced and separate their pathways. 

Jones and Carter together had two sons: Cabral Jones and Mattai Jones. 

How Much Does Van Jones Earn?

The 51 years old, Van Jones has quiet a great earning through his professional career as a news commentator, author, and attorney. Jones has managed to amass a great fortune in million dollars through his several attorney projects, shows, and his books. Jones enjoys his fortune which is estimated to be $1.5 million. 

Jones used to earn an average salary of $57 thousand as a news anchor on CNN.

How Tall is Van Jones?

Van Jones is a tall dark and good looking guy with glasses. Jones stands tall with a height of 6ft. 1inch.(1.85m) while his body weighs around 87kg. Jones has a dark complexion with black hair and dark brown eyes. 

Trivias About Van Jones You Need To Know.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Van Jones.

    Where was Van Jones born?

    Van Jones was born in Jackson, Tennessee.

    Who is the father of Van Jones?

    The father of Van Jones is Willie Anthony Jones.

    Who is the mother of Van Jones?

    The mother of Van Jones is Loretta Jean.

    What is the net worth of Van Jones?

    The net worth of Van Jones is $1.5 million.

    What is the salary of Van Jones?

    The salary of Van Jones is $57 thousand.

    What is the color of Van Jones's hair?

    Van Jones hair color is Black.

    What is the color of Van Jones's eye?

    Van Jones eye color is Dark Brown.

    Van Jones Biography

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    Celebrated Name Van Jones
    Age 54 Years Old
    Nick Name Van
    Birth Name Anthony Kapel Jones
    Birth Date 1968-09-20
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    Profession News commentator
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    Celebrated Name Van Jones
    Age 54 Years Old
    Nick Name Van
    Birth Name Anthony Kapel Jones
    Birth Date 1968-09-20
    Gender Male
    Profession News commentator
    Birth Nation United States
    Place Of Birth Jackson, Tennessee
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity African-American
    Horoscope Virgo
    Best Known For Co-host of CNN's political debate show, "Crossfire"
    Father Willie Anthony Jones
    Mother Loretta Jean
    Siblings 1
    Sisters Angela Jones
    High School Jackson Central-Merry High School
    College / University University of Tennessee
    Education B.S. in communication and political science
    University Yale Law School
    Educational Qualification J.D. degree
    Marital Status Married and Divorced
    Spouse Jena Carter(2005-2018)
    Children 2
    Son Cabral Jones and Mattai Jones
    Net Worth $1.5 million
    Salary $57 thousand
    Sexual Orientation Straight
    Religion Christian
    Body Type Average
    Height 6ft. 1inch.(1.85 m)
    Weight 87kg
    Hair Color Black
    Eye Color Dark Brown